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Story by Lonnie Shekhtman for the Office of Engineering Communications Photo by Sameer Khan/Fotobuddy   Scientists have recently learned how to use light to control specific groups of neurons to better understand the operation of the brain, a development that has transformed areas of neuroscience. Researchers at Princeton University have now applied a similar method to controlling the metabolism, or basic chemical process, of a living cell.  In a series of experiments, they used
In its eighth year, the annual "Art of Science" competition and exhibition, put on by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, recently gained the attention of The Wall Street Journal. A March 9 article features the above image of modified fruit fly embryos that display the Princeton University "P" and crest. The image comes from a collaboration between postdoctoral researchers in molecular biology and bioengineering, Yogesh Goyal  and Heath Johnson, respectively
On February 21, the University announced three new projects to be supported by the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund, a generously endowed fund which “gives Princeton the capacity to invest in truly innovative and highly promising research — research that is often considered too forward-looking for traditional funding mechanisms”.  One of these three projects, targeted at the optimization of biofuel production, will be pursued by Jose Avalos, Assistant